The Canberra Research Precinct will be built on deep collaboration between CSIRO, the Australian National University (ANU) and other allied partners in the plant and environmental sciences.
The Canberra precinct will drive iterative and integrative biology across the scales from genetics to global landscapes, connecting data to advanced modelling and simulation in order to achieve maximum plant yield and productivity, food security and economic growth whilst maintaining our natural resources and biodiversity.
Canberra's Global Research Precinct will grow around it's scientific, education government and policy interfaces and become globally recognised for its scale and the integration of academic and applied research institutions with government and industry needs.
The twenty year vision for the National Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Precinct (NAESP) is to bring together the best brains from research, government and industry to provide transformational solutions for food security, natural resource management and the bioeconomy.
The 2013-14 Federal Budget included provision for CSIRO to redevelop its presence at the Black Mountain site including the construction of new facilities to support excellence in science and consolidation of CSIRO's presence from four other locations in the ACT.
The redevelopment will include a new life sciences building, analytical services, refurbished laboratories and new administrative and executive accommodation.
The Canberra Precinct received funds of $18M from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) for an ANU/CSIRO Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics (CGMB) collaborative facility and to assist in development of a new life sciences building.
The CGMB will provide an integrated digital approach to plant breeding and resource management by completing the data pipeline that connects gene discovery to commercial crops and environmental management.